Re: Ridgid Jointer
My Ridgid jointer has been very handy. I use it at least once a week and on just about every project I've done. While I could wish for a wider bed, I don't have that kind of cash, and the Ridgid jointer does what I need very well. I kind of like the noise, personally. It's that low-pitched wrrrrrrrrrrrrr that reminds me of working with my Dad.
I do also have a planer, but find that if I can flatten one side first on the jointer, the passes through the planer actually work to flatten the board and bring it to proper dimension. You can't take a twisted board through a planer. You can, however, take a twist out of one side with the jointer and then run it through the planer. Takes some practice to do that, but it does work. How you push the wood across the jointer blades makes all the difference in the world. Careful, even pressure to start the board across the blades followed by a smooth transition to pull will yield the best results from what I've found.
I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.